While the stone-carved frames of cage fighters will be on display throughout ONE FC’s groundbreaking mixed martial arts fight card tomorrow night, the voluptuous curves of Malaysian ring girl Mel Tan will help bring some extra eye candy to the dazzling showcase at Koh Pich Theatre.
The 29-year-old Malacca native, who was one of FHM Singapore magazine’s Top 10 Models last year, said she is honoured to work for Asia’s largest MMA organisation at their inaugural event in the Kingdom.
“I'm looking forward to it as I have never been [in Cambodia] for work,” she told the Post.
“I came here once before in December 2012 for a travel trip. What I know about this country is the traffic is so incredible and I learned how to cross the road the way the locals do here.
“I'm looking forward to getting to know more about the country, the people and to explore the places I've never visited yet,” added the 5-foot-4 (165cm) model.
Although tomorrow night’s “Rise of the Kingdom” event will see Tan make her debut as a ONE FC ring girl – duties of which involve circumnavigating the cage while holding up the numbered cards for each round as well as presenting triumphant fighters with medals – she is no stranger to sport.
“I played basketball when I was young – I was a state player in Malaysia,” she said. “I do pole dancing now and rock climbing. I run 10km once a week to stay healthy. When I am free, I do yoga as well.”
Tan also offered encouragement to aspiring young locals looking to pursue a career in the glamour industry.
“My message to young Cambodian models is that achieving our dreams is possible. Stay focused on your dreams, work hard towards it and believe in it. Being a model is challenging, both physically and mentally, but it is worth every effort when I see the results that I have achieved.”